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The brave new era of human genetic testing

Bandelt, Hans-Jurgen, Yao, Yong-Gang, Richards, Martin B. and Salas, Antonio (2008) The brave new era of human genetic testing. Bioessays, 30 (11). pp. 1246-1251. ISSN 1521-1878

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Abstract

The commercialization of ‘big science’ is in full swing, leading to situations in which the ethical principles of academia are beginning to be compromised. This is exemplified by the profitable business of genetic ancestry testing. The goals of this sort of ‘big science’ are not necessarily in any way novel, however. In particular, large genotyping projects have a certain start-up time when their design is frozen in, so that the projects often lag behind the development of genetic knowledge. On the other hand, extremely provisional knowledge about potential disease markers is being rapidly turned into questionable ‘tests’, purporting to determine risk factors for complex disorders, by private companies that are eager to get their share of a profitable market of the future. The flow of money generated by such concerns looks likely to erode traditional research operations and small-scale projects, which risk becoming pebbles on the ‘big science’ landscape

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 15:25
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2012 16:28
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14443

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